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Magazine Summer 2009 

Northwestern State University of Louisiana 





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Dr. Randall J. Webb, i965, leee 

President, Northwestern State University 

Dear Alumni: 

Each of you knows the positive impact Northwestern 
State University has had on your life. The impact of the 
university goes beyond the classroom expenences and extracurncular activities that 
take place here. Northwestern also has a major economic and community impact on 
the area it serves. 

The recent University of Louisiana System Economic and Community Impact 
Study conducted by Applied Technology Research Corporation of Baton Rouge 
showed Northwestern had a spending impact of more than $353 million in its 10- 
pansh service area in 2008. The study reported that every $1 invested in a University 
of Louisiana System school has an $8 return in the state's economy. Taking into 
account the incremental earnings per year as a result of degree attainment, the study 
reports that University of Louisiana System graduates have added about $6.5 billion 
to Louisiana's economy in the last 10 years. Graduates also have improved health 
and are more likely to participate in civic and charitable endeavors. For more 
information, visit NSU's impact study page on the web at 

The past year has seen some improvements to the campus which will help 
provide our students with improved facilities. Students just spent their first year in 
University Place Phase II, a new residence hall constructed on the site of the old 
Rapides Hall. This spring, the university reopened Williamson Hall which is the home 
of our Department of Engineering Technology. The $5.6 million project was the first 
major work done to the building since it was completed in 1959. 

Northwestern also received word that Gov. Bobby Jindal has proposed using 
$9.45 million in surplus funds from the 2007-08 budget for the construction of West 
Caspan Hall. The new building would house the Offices of University Recruiting, 
Student Success and New Student Programs, Financial Aid and Scholarships, 
Undergraduate Admissions and Enrollment Management as well as the Registrar's 
Office, Cashier's Office, Student Accounting and Bursar's Office. We hope 
construction can begin this year and be completed in 2011. 

William Drake Owens, 2004, 2005 

Acting Director of Alumni and Development 

My fellow alumni: 

Excitement is high on Northwestern's campus this year 
as we continue to observe our school's 125th anniversary. 
We thank former students who have taken the time to share 
their heartwarming memones in our "Why We Love NSU " feature and continue to invite 
anyone who would like to share a special memory to do so. 

We have truly enjoyed being able to meet many of you at our annual Alumni 
gathenngs in Louisiana, Texas. Atlanta and Washington, DC. It's always nice get 
together with fellow Demons and talk about the exciting things happening at NSU. 

We encourage you to make plans to visit campus this year to commemorate the 
125th anniversary of our school's founding. We are planning many special events for 
this year's homecoming festivities and have set the date for the weekend of October 
24th. A full schedule will be published in our next issue. 

Finally, I would like to again congratulate our Class of 1959, who recently returned 
to campus for their 50-year graduation. You are a great reminder of the bond NSU 
creates in all its alumni 

On the cover: new Demon head football coach Bradley Dale Peveto. 

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Vice President Joseph B. Stamey. 

Natchitoches. 1983 

Secretary-Treasurer Dr. Lisa Mathews. 

Benton, 1992 

Executive Director W. Drake Owens. 

Natchitoches. 20(W. 2005 


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Toiiinn Chester Arcadia. 1969 

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Adrian Howard Arlington. Texas. 1989 

Patricia Wiggins Hrapmann Deslrchan. 1973. 1978 

Gail Jones Natchez. 1981 . 1998 

Matt Koury Leesville. 1995 

Bryant Lewis Haynesville. 1958 

Carroll Long .T^ler. Texas. 1970 

Dr Lisa Mathews Benton. 1992 

David Morgan Austin. Texas. 1973 

Kip Patrick Shrevepon. 1995 

Joseph B. Stamey . . NatchitiKhes. 1983 

Glenn Talbert . . Shrcveport. 1964 

Ricky Walnisley Cov ington. 1985 

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* Conference Games 

Students ride the goalposts following the Nov. 20, 1997, victory over Stephen F. Austin, which clinched the Southland 
Conference championship. Coach Bradley Dale Peveto was the Demons' defensive coordinator. 

It's a whole new ballgame! 

NSU Alumnus 
2009 Far Away Lane 
Anyplace, USA 

What can I do? 

I read the Alumni Columns, but 1 haven't been back to 
campus in forever. 1 don't know when I'll get back to 

I get online and look at 2-3 times a 
week. I wasn't really into sports much when I was a student, but 
it was fun to get together and tailgate and go to a few football 
games in the fall. 

I get the idea they're pitching. "It's a whole new ballgame" 
isn't hard to understand. I've been told another catchphrase is 
"Have your ankles taped." What they're saying with that one, I 
believe, is we're all part of Northwestern, and we all should get 
ready to do something to help make our university stronger. 

I talk to friends at NSU and in Natchitoches. They say 
people who have nothing to do with NSU are talking about the 
new football coach, Bradley Dale Peveto. They say there's a real 
buzz across campus, in town, even around the state. I guess 
hiring a coach who helped LSU win the national championship 
in 2007 has something to do with that. 

When the Demon basketball team beat Iowa in the NCAA 
tournament, my friends at work were congratulating me. I felt 
like I was part of something exciting back home. What I read 
and hear, I have to admit, sounds really good. I like what it said 
about Coach Peveto in the last Alumni Columns, when the story 
was talking about when he was an assistant coach in 1996, 1997 
and 1998. I was in the stands the night we beat Stephen F. 
Austin to win the conference championship and go to the 
playoffs. Everybody stormed the field at the end of the game 
and they tore down the goalposts. Some fraternity boys carried a 
part of the goalposts out of the stadium and all the way 

I couldn't help but go back to every home game the next 
year. Coach Peveto was still the defensive coordinator. The team 
was awesome. We sat up next to the band and it was packed out 
nearly every game. We won the conference again and this time 
we played three playoff games at home. The second one was on 
Christmas Festival Day - that was incredible. 

But again, I wonder, I'm here. NSU is back there. What can 
I do? Why should I care? 

I wonder if it's coincidence. NSU has hired this high- 
energy, outgoing football coach. The university is celebrating its 
125th anniversary. They're reaching out like never before to 
connect with alumni. My friends tell me the campus has never 
looked better. There's been real construction on campus for the 
first time in many years. 

Just in athletics, they're laying down new turf on the 
football field. They put 
the wrought-iron fences 
around all their facilities 
and they installed all new 
scoreboards last year. The 
money for that was 
donated by alumni like 
you and I. 

Coach Peveto got a 
great start. He was hired 
around Christmas. In six 
weeks, he and his 
coaches signed the No. 1- 
ranked recruiting class in 
the nation in our division, 
the Football 
Subdivision in Division I. 
That compares to schools 
like Appalachian State 
(who beat Michigan a 
couple of years ago), 

Montana. Georgia Southern, Hampton, U-Mass, Delaware and 
Youngstown State. 

I can see why NSU is making big moves forward and 
aiming high with the football program. That makes sense. 
Student life on campus when 1 was in school got really great 
when football was winning big. The people in Natchitoches were 
all excited. People back home asked me about NSU more. I'm 
sure more alumni came back for football weekends. 
That all would be very good to see happening again for our 
school, so I keep coming back to the same question: 

What can I do? 

Trainer Ed Evans tapes Coach Peveto's 
ankles before the Delaney Bowl April 8. 
When coaching at LSU last year, 
Peveto joined the players getting their 
ankles taped before playing No. 1- 
ranked Alabama, and the Tigers' 
defense played an inspired game in an 
overtime loss. Peveto has used the 
catchphrase "have your ankles taped!" 
to reflect his "all in" approach to Demon 

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The Peveto Promise 

New head coach Bradley Dale Peveto will bring an 
exciting, entertaining brand of football to Turpin Stadium 
this season. 

That's a promise. Here's a deal that shows just how 
confident Coach Peveto and the NSU Athletic 
Department are about you liking what you see this fall. 

The Peveto Promise says that any season ticket holder 
who is not satisfied with the quality of the product after 
the first two home games can get a complete refund of 
the amount of the season ticket purchase. 

But as Coach Peveto says, you're not going to want a 
refund. You are going to want more tickets! 

Why The Peveto Promise is so pivotal 

So, is all of this "Peveto Promise" and season ticket excitement 
just about football? Well, yes and no. 

Yes, an important part of winning Southland Conference 
championships and ultimately getting to the FCS national 
championship game in Chattanooga is having a large, avid fan base. 
At the same time, football season ticket re\enue - as it does at about 
every Di\ ision 1 athletic program in the country drives revenue for 
every sport at NSU. 

Case in point - if NSU had an additional 2.000 season ticket 
holders at just under SI 00 per ticket, the nearly 5200.000 in additional 
revenue would not be distributed exclusively to football every other 
sport operating budget would benefit. That, in turn, greatly boosts 
those sports" chances to win their own SLC titles and advance to 
NCAA postseason play. 

That. Northwestern alumni, is the goal at your university to ha\e 
an across-the-board, highly competitive athletic program. \\c want to 
give you more highlights like the 2006 men s basketball team beating 
I5th-ranked Iowa in the NCAA Tournament and the women's soccer 
team being the only program in Louisiana to make more than one 
NCAA Tournament appearance. 

Success enjoyed b> the athletic program is great for NSU. It 
serves as a rallying point for student life and for alumni. The publicity 
generated is priceless and at times, like after the Iowa w in. is 
staggering. l-xcitement on campus and in the community is palpable. 
riic purple aiul while shine just a little bil brighter 

The opportunity facing us can help catapult NSU to new heights. 
The right people are in place and if the le\el of support (psssl - buy 
tickets!) builds, it could be \ery special, sooner than later. 

We want you to be part of making it happen. Go online to to order season tickets, or call our ticket olVice. 
liuy some official Demon gear it all makes a dilVerence. 

One more thing have your ankles taped! 

(ircii liiii'ki'. \.SV (lira lor ofalhlctics since /VVrt 

~^ ^ What can you do? 

Buy season tickets* and if you live where 
you are not able to use them, donate them to 
the Demon Opportunity Fund* 

Buy single game tickets* for the September 
19 home opener and if you cannot attend 
donate them to the Demon Opportunity | 


Make a financial contribution* to the 
Demon Opportunity Fund to underw rite 
costs of tickets to the September 1 9 game 

Get some good looking. ofTicially licensed 
new NSU gear* and wear it often — 
especially on game days! 

Listen free to the games, e\en watch the 
games online* 

\\ hen you can make it to a home game, 
tailgate with friends at the NSU .Alumni 
Association tent. Ask around - it's a great 

"Road trip" support the Demons and join 
other NSU alumni at road games. There 
may be one closer than you think!* 

Talk abiHit Demon football bt>ne up on 
our rich tradition* and get ready for the 
exciting future. \'o\\ will enjo\ how much 
you can brag about to \our friends! 

Ha\e your ankles taped e\ery Saturday this 

* You can do this by visiting . or by calling 

NSU Athletics at 318-357-4268 

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How good do we want to be? 

Molding a championship football program takes teamwork - far beyond the 
blocking, tackling and coaching. Filling the seats at Turpin Stadium is vital to big 
picture success for Northwestern State University, not just Demon football. Growing 
the fan base and the support base for Demon football is good for the entire university 
community and resonates far beyond the 2009 season. 

Home football weekends are the biggest showcase events NSU has every year. 
Let's make them everything they can be. Let s make NSU stronger. How good do we 
want to be? Here's your chance, whether you're a half-hour away or halfway across the 
country, to be part of the team. 

• Buy season tickets - Starting at S50 for general admission seating, up to S90 
for reserved chairback seating. Installment purchases are available. 

Be part of the Sept. 19 "Opening Nighf Sell-Out - The goal is to sell out 

Turpin Stadium for the 2009 home opener for the Demons and Coach 

Bradley Dale Peveto against the University of North Dakota. We hope you 

can be there. If not, you can help sell out the stadium by contributing to the 

Demon Opportunity Fund. 

It doesn't take much to help. Can you spare $10? If every NSU alumnus would 

purchase two Demon Opportunity Fund single game tickets ($5 each) to be distributed 

to kids in organizations like Boy and Girl Scouts, Boys and Girls Clubs and other youth 

groups, then Turpin Stadium would be sold out for all five 2009 home games! 

To order tickets: 

• Call the NSU Ticket Office l\^onday through Friday from 8-5 at 318-357-4268. 
MasterCard and Visa accepted. 

Mail a check for a season ticket purchase, or a donation to the Demon Opportunity 
Fund, to NSU Ticket Office, Athletic Fieldhouse, Natchitoches, LA, 71497. Please 
use the notes line on the check to indicate "buy tickets" or "donation for tickets." Any 
donation amount helps. 

• Log on to, click on the "buy tickets" button, and place your 

What is NSU doing? 

Engaging the student body! The popular Demon Rewards program begins its 
third year providing incentives and rewards ranging from T-shirts and game 
jerseys up to a full semester's tuition for NSU students attending athletic events 

Reconnecting with the student section! Coach Peveto is moving the Demon 
football team back to the student section side of Turpin Stadium this fall 

Founding the Student Alumni Association to foster development of an alumni 
base among soon-to-be graduated students, keeping them in contact with NSU 

Ramping up community outreach! NSU student-athletes have done 2,000 hours 
of community service projects in each of the last two academic years 

Making friends in and around the NSU community! The new Demon football 
staff is building bonds across Natchitoches and around the state. They will 
travel statewide to host kids camps and meet alumni this summer. 

The year-old Demon Opportunity Fund provides school kids and disadvantaged 
youth free tickets to home games on campus 

Major athletic facility upgrades have been completed (Second Century Fencing 
Project, installation of new scoreboards at athletic venues, new turf installation 
at Turpin Stadium) and others are in progress (planning underway for 
track/softball/soccer locker room facilities, enhanced athletic training room and 
weight room, other improvements). 

The new Demon football coaching staff attracted the nation's No. 1 -ranked (by recruiting class in FCS Division I 

Expanded coverage of NSU athletics through the SEC TV Network (available 
online at ) 

Free audio and premium video streaming of NSU home games in almost every 
sport available on website 

What a feeling - on the field, or in the 
packed stands at Turpin Stadium! 

Ten years removed from my playing career at 
Northwestern State, I carry many fond 
memories of my collegiate career. Saturday 
nights in Turpin Stadium were filled with 
electricity - fueled largely by avid fans clad in 
purple and white and exuding pure energy. 

There is hardly a feeling in the worid that rivals 
the domino effect of a great hit, great block, or 
touchdown being recognized by a full stadium 
swelling up with a deep breath and then, all at 
once, cheering mightily for the home team. 

Though I did not always walk off the field 
victorious (NSU had an 18-4 home record from 
'96-'99) my chest always swelled with pride 
and my heart beat at a pace that didn't even 
seem sustainable when we ran out of the 
tunnel, the fight song kicked in, and everyone 
rose to their feet. The Demons weren't just 
the 11 players on the field - our opponents 
also had to battle our crowd! 

It's no coincidence that the most memorable 
games of my playing career involved two 
factors - Coach Bradley Dale Peveto and a 
vigorous crowd in the stands at Turpin 

Now, a decade later, we have an opportunity 
to ensure that these aren't merely the wistful 
reflections of days long gone by. On Saturday 
night, Sept. 19, the Demons, led into play by 
Coach Peveto, will leave it all on the field and 
sell out to ensure victory against North 
Dakota's Fighting Sioux. NSU Alumni, we 
need to be sure that we do the same thing in 
the stands. 

Turpin Stadium seats nearly 16,000 at 
capacity. This means we'll have 16,000 
opportunities each week to watch a 
championship season unfold right before our 
eyes. Get your tickets now and be there, be 
loud, and wear purple, white, and orange. We 
promise you'll like what you see. 

In fact. Coach Peveto guarantees it! 

— Dr. William Broussard (2000), 
NSU football letterman 1996-99, All-America 
center 1998-99, now associate athletics 
director, director of tlie Demon Victory Fund 


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NSU 125 
on the Web 

Web pages recognizing 
NSU's 125th anniversary are 
available for on-line 
viewing. The university's 
125th anniversary website 
can be viewed at . The site 
provides a history of the 
university, its mission 
statement and a message 
from NSU President Dr. 
Randall J. Webb as well as 
free ring tones, wallpaper 
and video downloads. 

A link to the site has 
been placed on the 
American Association of 
State Colleges and 
Universities website. The 
NSU Founding Celebrations 
page can be accessed via the 
AASCU home page or 
directly at 

The AASCU page 
provides general 
information about the 
university, along with a list 
of notable alumni, school 
accomplishments and "fun 
facts" about the university. 

Founded in 1884 as the 
Louisiana Normal School, 
Northwestern is observing 
its 125th anniversary 
through 2010 with a series 
of events thai uicludc 
exhibits, concerts and social 
functions. Information 
about events and activities 
can also be accessed 
through the NSU Alumni 
Association website at . 
where a special section is 
dedicated to the 125th 


\ 1884 -2009. 

NSU stories, pictures 
preserved in coffee table bool 

coffee table book celebrating the 125th anniversary of 
Northwestern is now on sale. The 200-page book contains 
more than 700 photographs from the uni\ersity s archives 
documenting the school's history through the decades with sections 
de\oted to academics, student life, sports and campus views, in a 
10.5 X 12-inch hardcover publication. 

"Northwestern at 125: Commemorative Edition 1884-2009" will be a source 
of pride for graduates and friends with photos that reflect the school's growth in the 
last 125 years. The engaging book celebrates the 125 years of history, tradition, 
achievement and people at Northwestern from its inception as the state Normal 
school to today. 

"This one of a kind commemorative book is fiill of interesting stories and 
amusing anecdotes with pictures of students. acti\ities and scenes around campus 
as the school changed and grew through the decades," said Drake Owens, director 
of Alumni and Development. "This book is a tribute to Northwestern and its on- 
going story. The stories and images on its pages will appeal to many generations of 
former students, faculty and friends." 

Editors of the book are Jerry Pierce, Steve Horton, Tom Whitehead and Don 

Each book sold will help support Northwestern and its many programs. 
The book will be available for S50 and can be ordered online at or use the form on the back cover of this magazine. 
Books ordered before July 3 1 will be shipped free of charge. 

Why I love NSU 

"A wise man once said that you only need six real friends in this world 
— six to carry you to your final resting place. In my four years at 
Northwestern. 1 managed to meet three of these real friends, who will 
be half of the group that ser\e as pallbearers at my funeral. I am 61 
years old, and in the 57 years outside of my stay at NSU. 1 have found 
the other three. So, you can see that lasting friendships are made and 
maintained through being a student at Northwestern. Without my 
three friends I made while at Northwestern, it might ha\e taken me 57 
more years to find the other three." Bart Stewart Sr. (1970) 

2009 is a \ery special year in the history of our uni\ersity. We celebrate our 
125th year of educating tomorrow s leaders. To help mark this special year, 
we're asking for people to tell us "Why I Lo\e NSU." Send \nur thoughts to the 
alumni center at 535 Universit\ Parkway. Natchitoches. LA 71497 or submit 
them online at . We have a special section 
dedicated to the 125th anniversary. \bur memory might be included in a 
future edition of the Alumni Columns, posted online or included in a special 
e\ent to commemorate this \ery. \ery special year. 

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NSU's restored Albrizio painting will be placed on exhibit 

Northwestern will exhibit a restored painting by 
muralist Conrad Albrizio as part of the university's 125th 
anniversary celebration. Left in storage at the university 
for decades, the painting is a confirmed work by 
Albrizio, well-known for his murals at the Louisiana 
State Capital building. The NSU painting has been 
catalogued by the State Archives, but how it arrived at 
Northwestern remains a mystery. 

Leslie Gruesbeck (1987), NSU's coordinator of 
galleries, discovered the painting as a graduate student in 
1987 and considered pursuing the painting's history as 
part of her thesis. 

"I found and fell in love with this work, even though 
it was dirty and not in the best of shape. When I came 
back to work here in 2007, the painting was in the same 
shape in the same closet and I worked with Director of 
Libraries Fleming Thomas to get it out of inadequate 
storage. We hope to get it to the library where there is 
more adequate climate controlled storage," she said. 

Thomas liked the painting immediately and 
contacted art conservator and NSU alumnus Lloyd 
Young, who agreed to work on its restoration. The 45 x 
36-inch painting was in its original frame, which Young 
also restored, and depicts a man plowing with a mule. 
Following an appraisal by a Baton Rouge firm, Thomas 
then took the painting to the State Exhibit Building in 
Shreveport, where experts were cleaning that building s 
Albrizio frescoes. There it was viewed and catalogued 
for the Archives. 

'Tt is a great regionalist painting, a rural Southern 
landscape. I was thrilled to see it cleaned. It's very 
vibrant," Gruesbeck said. "Albrizio painted for the WPA 
and has a mural in the post office at DeRidder. I always 
wondered if perhaps the man with the mule painting was 
part of a WR\ project as well." 

Albrizio was born in New York City in 1894. 
Influenced by his architect father, he moved to New 
Orleans as an architectural designer in 1 920, where he 

This painting by famed muralist Conrad Albrizio will 
be exhibited later this year as part of NSU's 125th 
anniversary celebration. 

was exposed to the New Orleans arts circle. In 1923, he 
returned to New York to study at the Art Students League 
and later traveled to Europe to study frescoes, which 
aided him in the murals he would paint through the WR\ 
in New York, Detroit, Alabama, and Louisiana. He was 
commissioned by Louisiana Governor Huey R Long to 
paint the murals in the Louisiana State Capitol. He 
taught art at LSU from 1935 until his retirement in 1954. 
His later work developed more abstract qualities, and he 
died in Baton Rouge in 1973 at the age of 79. 

"We have a hole in this painting's provenance," 
Gruesbeck said. "We know Albrizio was working in the 
state and at LSU. It is possible that our Albrizio could 
have arrived at Northwestern through an exchange with 
his contemporaries in the NSU art faculty, Orville 
Hanchey or Olive Long Cooper, who's brother Huey 
Long commissioned the murals at the State Capitol. Or 
it could be a WPA piece, in which case there would be a 
record somewhere." 

In 2008, the painting was featured on the Louisiana 
Public Broadcasting's Antiques Road Show. 

Rose composes anthem for Northwestern 's anniversary 

Richard Rose has added his own 
special touch to NSU's 125th anniversary 
celebration. Rose, a long-time member of 
Northwestern's music faculty, has composed 
"N125 Fanfare and March," which was 
premiered by the NSU Concert Band in April 
and will used throughout the anniversary 
celebration. The piece was commissioned 
by Northwestern. 

"It was going to be a fanfare used as 
an introduction, but evolved into a march as 
I thought of it being played on the football 

field before a game," said Rose. "I wanted it 
to be a celebratory piece that would be 
enjoyable to listen to. I am around 
Northwestern and this music all the time, so 
this was very natural for me." 

This fall the piece will be performed by 
the Spirit of Northwestern Marching Band 
and the Natchitoches - Northwestern 
Symphony Orchestra. Rose will also add 
words to the composition so it can be 
performed by NSU choral groups. 

Rose said "N125 Fanfare and March" is 

based on melodies from the Northwestern 
alma mater and fight song. Rose was also 
influenced by John Philip Sousa's "Stars and 
Stripes Forever." 

"Sometimes it is clear and sometimes it 
isn't so clear," said Rose. "Everyone who is 
familiar with Northwestern will recognize 
some of it. Some may recognize all of it." 

Rose retired as a full-time faculty 
member in 2006. He continues to teach part- 
time and regularly attends Northwestern 


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Study: Northwestern has 
$353 million impact on region 

Northwestern and the University of Louisiana System have 
released findings from a study that determined Northwestern had a 
spending impact of more than S353 million in its 10-parish service 
area in 2{)()8. Overall, the University of Louisiana System has a 
S3. 4 billion annual impact on Louisiana's economy. 

Northwestern 's study focused on the parishes surrounding its 
main campus in Natchitoches and satellite campuses in Shre\eport. 
Alexandria. Lees\ ille-Fort Polk and Jonesville. 

The study reports that every $1 invested in a University of 
Louisiana System school has an S8 return in the state s economy. 
Louisiana invested $438.7 million of state funding in University of 
Louisiana System schools for fiscal year 2007-08. That investment 
yielded a S3. 4 billion impact to the state's economy through 
spending alone. 

In addition to spending, the study examined the university's 
impact from teaching/ workforce training, research/service and 
quality of life enhancement. Taking into account the incremental 
earnings per year as a result of degree attainment, the study reports 
that ULS graduates have added about $6.5 billion to Louisiana's 
economy in the last 10 years. Graduates also have improved health 
and are more likely to participate in civic and charitable endeavors. 

For more information, visit NSU's impact study page on the 
web at impactstudy . To download a full version of 
the study, visit the ULS website at . 

Homecoming 2009 

Exciting changes are in the works for Northwestern's 
2009 Homecoming celebration, which will 
commemorate the school's 125th anniversary. 

Festivities on Saturday, Oct. 24 will include several 
departmental and organization reunions culminating 
with a casual luncheon at noon. The Homecoming 
parade will begin at 3 p.m., ending at the tailgating 
field before a 7 p.m. kick-off for the Homecoming 
football game against Texas State. 

The College of Education announced changes that 
include a gathering from 10-11:15 a.m. at the 
Natchitoches Events Center and an Education 
Alumni tailgate party prior to the game. 

Look for more announcements about the 

2009 Homecoming schedule 

in the Fall Edition of Alumni Columns. 

Author of NSU 
history dies 

Dr. Marietta LeBreton. 72. who was 
a member of Northwestern's faculty for 
more than 45 years, died March 22, 
2009. after a brief illness. LeBreton's 
tenure on the NSU faculty was one of the 
longest in history. She joined 
Northwestern's faculty in 1963 as an 
instructor of social science. She was 
promoted to assistant professor of history 
in 1965, associate professor in 1970 and 
full professor in 1973. LeBreton served 
as head of the Department of History 
from 1980 until 1983 when she returned 
to the classroom for the remainder of her 

LeBreton contributed to the 
university's history as the author of 
"Northwestern State University: A 
History 1884-1984." which was 
published by the NSU Press to 
commemorate Northwestern's 100th 

"As we celebrate our 125th 
anniversary as a postsecondary institution 
of higher education this year, it should 
warm the hearts of all people of 
Northwestern who ha\ e know n her that 
an outstanding person of her caliber, who 
also happened to be an excellent teacher 
and historian, graced these hallowed 
grounds and halls for more than one-third 
of our institutional history," said NSU 
President Dr. Randall J. Webb. 

LeBreton was the author of "The 
Acadians" for the Harvard Lncyclopedia 
of American Lthnic Groups published by 
the Harvard University Press, "Bayou 
Dorcheat" for "Rivers and Bayous of 
Louisiana" and "The Burr Conspiracy" 
for the \ olume "Readings in Louisiana 
History." She was associate editor of 
"Reading in Louisiana History" 
published by the Louisiana Historical 
Association. Lclireton w rote a position 
paper on Article III of Louisiana's 1812 
Constitution for "lldw in W. Ldwards. The 
Role of the Cio\ernor in Louisiana 
Politics: A Historical Analysis" for the 
journal Louisiana History in 1974. 

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The rededication of Williamson Hall, which houses NSU's Department of Engineering Technology, was 
held in March. The ceremony celebrated both the 50th anniversary of the building and its recently 
completed $5.6 million rehabilitation project — the first major work done to the facility since its 
original construction in 1959. The building was named for George Williamson, who was a member of 
the Louisiana State Normal College (now Northwestern) faculty from 1897 until 1932. 

Faculty incorporate 'clicker' technology into the classroom 

Faculty at NSU are utlilizing a 
teaching device that helps keep 
students alert, answers their 
questions, encourages class 
participation and makes taking roll 
easier. The Personal Response 
System, or "clicker," which looks 
like a cross between a remote control 
and a calculator, is an instructional 
technology tool that allows students 
to record responses to classroom 
discussion and identify correct and 
incorrect respondents. The clickers 
not only help instructors gauge 
whether topics need more discussion 
or students are ready to move on, but 
also measures a students' attention 
and participation. 

"This works very much like a 
game control unit," explained Dr. 
Ben Rushing, who introduced the 
clickers in his upper level algebra 
classes last year. "They are 
individually registered, with a unique 
unchangeable code, just like a cell 

The clickers allow a student to 
join a class, and when an instructor 
asks a multiple-choice or yes/no 
question, the student presses a button 
on the handheld device that 
corresponds to the intended answer. 
The device, which can be plugged 
into Blackboard, also allows for 
impromptu questions to get 
responses, which are automatically 
recorded in a grade book. The 
clickers are especially helpful in 
large classrooms and some students 
who are unlikely to raise their hand 
in class feel more comfortable 
responding to an instructor via 

"Student reaction to using these 
devices has been extremely positive. 
Using these devices in the classroom 
completely changes the dynamic and 
increases the interaction between 
students, content, and teacher," 
Rushing said. "This is an area where 
NSU is leading the way in our 

Students in Rushing's Math 2020 
class agreed. 

"It makes it easier to pay 
attention in class," said Stanley 
Rolon, a freshman from Atlanta, 
Texas. "I'm usually a B student and 
last semester I had a 97 percent." 

Each device has a unique code 
that allows students to log in 
individually for each class. Rushing 
and his colleagues intend to analyze 
attendance, retention and grade point 
averages over the next academic year 
to determine the impact the clickers 
have academically. 

"We want to engage students to 
learn, participate, attend class, enjoy 
class and perform better," Rushing 
said. "I've been teaching for a long 
time and in my opinion, this 
technology has more positive 
potential than anything I've 
encountered in the classroom setting. 
It gives me immediate feedback on 
whether the students understand the 
concepts I'm talking about." 


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Alumni News 

NSU will celebrate 80 years of Greek life 

To commemorate the 125th Anniversary of 
Northwestern State Uni\ersity, the OtTice of Fraternity 
and Sorority Life has planned an All-CJreek Reunion 
during Homecoming 2009. The reunion will serve to 
reunite all Northwestern Greek alumni including those 
that do not currently have an active charter on campus. 

"We wanted our activities to center around the game 
and so our biggest event will be a tailgate party on 
Homecoming Day at Turpin Stadium." said Natalie 
Laurence, director of Fraternity and Sorority Life. 'This 
idea grew out of the 125th anniversary celebration. Our 
hope is to have everyone come together and celebrate all 
that Northwestern State and the Greek community have 

Other activities will include a Greek Alumni 
reception on Friday evening and chapter celebrations on 
Saturday morning. A highlight of the weekend will be 
the inaugural celebration of our Distinguished Greek 

Northwestern State's fraternities and sororities made 
their appearance on the Normal campus during the 

1920s, gradually replacing the literary societies on 

The fraternity and sorority community currently has 
1 7 active chapters that will participate in the reunion. 

■'Our goal is to bring all Greek Alumni together - 
including members from our inacti\e chapters Alpha 
Ciamma Delta. Delta Zeta, Delta Upsilon. Sigma Kappa 
and Sigma Tau Gamma." 

If you can provide contact information for alumni for 
any of these chapters, please contact the Office of 
Fraternity and Sorority Life to help us update our 

For over 80 years, members of Northwestern State s 
fraternities and sororities have continued to enhance the 
University community. It's time to celebrate our 
achievements. Make plans now to attend the Greek 
Alumni Reunion on Oct. 23-24. 2009. Look for more 
information in the Homecoming Ldition of the Alumni 
Columns or contact Natalie Laurence at (318) 357-5439 
or by email at laurencenfa . 


Student Alumni Association promotes networking, connections 

Students at Northwestern State 
University have formed an 
organization to better connect them 
to alumni and help inform fellow 
students about the university's 

A Student Alumni Association 
has been established to enhance the 
relationship between students, 
alumni and Northwestern. The group 
is sponsored by the NSU Alumni 
Association and signed up 55 
members at its first meeting. 

"We want to encourage 
networking between students and 
alumni to create connections that can 
be helpful in the future." said 
coordinator Lauren Michel, a senior 
liberal arts, humanities and social 
thought major in the Louisiana 
Scholars' College from Luling. "We 
also want to promote some of the 

traditions that are an important part 
of Northwestern and encourage our 
students to be part of the events 
taking place on campus." 

Michel said NSU's Student 
Alumni Association got its start 
when Student Government 
Association President Cody Bourque 
saw the success another uni\ersiiy 
was having w ith a similar 
organization. He met with Drake 
Owens, executive director of the 
NSU Alumni Association, and Dr. 
William Broussard executive 
director of the NSU Athletic 
Association, who supported the 
concept of the student organization. 

Michel said all Northwestern 
students are eligible to Jt^in the 
-Association and she encouraged 
students on the Natchitoches campus 
along with NSU campuses in 

Shre\eport. Lees\i lie-Fort Polk. 
Alexandria and Jonesville as well as 
online students to participate. There 
is no charge to join and membership 
makes participants eligible for 
prizes, monthly draw ings and other 

For more information or to join, 
go to 
and click on Student Alumni 




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Alumni News 

Kappa Alpha alumni acknowledge brother's service 

Alumni members of Kappa 
Alpha Order obtained 16 signatures 
on a KA flag to send to CPT Russ 
Harris ( 1997), who is serving a tour 
in Iraq. The signatures on the flag 
were collected in conjunction with a 
40th birthday celebration for Robert 
Gunn (1993) in January and shipped 
to Harris, who flew it over the gate 
of his base in Iraq in February. 
Kevin Fayard (1993) initiated the 
project, collected the signatures and 
shipped the flag to Harris. 

Harris, who is married to the 
former Tara Zimmer (1998), is the 
Troop Commander of a Cavalry 
Troop from Denison, Texas. His 
unit escorts military and civilian convoys. The flag was a huge morale boost, he said. 

"My KA brothers' support makes me proud of the bond of brotherhood I pledged to 
be a part of and proves to me these men are true to their values on so many levels, not 
just fraternally but as Americans and patriots," Harris said. "The love and support of my 
fellow NSU alumni make me proud to serve not only my country but my alma mater." 

Harris expects to return home to Piano, Texas, this fall. 

Preparing to send the flag are, from left, 
Kevin Fayard (1993), Todd Martin (1992) 
Robert Gunn (1993), Jacques Vilar (1993) 
and Jeff Burkett. Fayard spearheaded the 

President's home named for 
late Dr. Arnold Kilpatrick 

NSU held a ceremony to recognize the naming of the 
Arnold Kilpatrick President's Residence, 1 Normal Drive, on 
May 1 . The event included a reception and open house. 

Kilpatrick served as president of Northwestern from 
1966 until 1978. In his 12 years as president, enrollment 
increased substantially, and a number of buildings were 
constructed or renovated. He helped secure funding for the 
construction of Watson Memorial Library, Bienvenu 
Biological Sciences Building, the Physical Education Majors 
Building and the Teacher Education Center, the Student 
Recreation Complex and University Post Office and for 
major renovation of Turpin Stadium, Prather Coliseum and 
the Friedman Student Union. 

A Northwestern campus was established at Fort Polk 
while Kilpatrick was president, and Northwestern achieved 
university status when the name of the school was changed 
from Northwestern State College to Northwestern State 

Kilpatrick, who served in the U.S. Air Force during 
World War II, attended Northeast Louisiana Junior College 
and later earned a bachelor's degree from Northwestern. He 
received master's and doctorate degrees in education from 
Louisiana State University. 

Kilpatrick died in 2005. 

"I am so thrilled that Arnold is being honored this way," 
said his wife Juanita Kilpatrick. "He loved Northwestern, the 
field of education and young people. He enjoyed his years 
there and put all his energy into Northwestern." 

The Kilpatricks moved into the current President's Home 

Members of the Kilpatrick family gathered during the President's 
Home reception. From left are Ryan Kilpatrick, Ethan Parker, 
Jared Kilpatrick, Ashley Schult, Juanita Kilpatrick, Lael 
Kilpatrick, Young Kilpatrick and Jeri Kilpatrick. 

in 1970. Oscar G. Butler was the architect of the residence, 
which reflects the French Colonial style in keeping with the 
popular architecture of early Louisiana. 

"I enjoyed working with the architects and (physical 
plant staff member) Loren Lindsey," said Juanita Kilpatrick. 
"They were very easy to work with and were very helpful. 
They did a good job in designing a home which can 
accommodate presidents with different needs." 

The new home provided more space than the much 
smaller residence on University Parkway, which is now the 
NSU Alumni Center. It also allowed the Kilpatricks to better 
promote the university by socializing with students, faculty, 
staff, alumni and friends of the university. 

The Kilpatricks used the President's Home to entertain 
guests regularly. This was before the university had a catering 
firm on campus, and when the cook in the President's Home 
was ill, Mrs. Kilpatrick did the cooking for up to 40 guests. 
One appreciative guest was newscaster Paul Harvey, who told 
Mrs. Kilpatrick how glad he was to be served roast beef instead 
of chicken at a luncheon and mentioned the Kilpatrick's 
hospitality on his daily radio show. 


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Alumni news 


Natchitoches native 
Jimnn D. Long Sr., was 

named a 2009 Louisiana Legend 
by Friends of Louisiana Public 
Broadcasting. Long served eight 
consecutive terms in the 
Louisiana House of 
Representatives and was 
recognized as the Dean of 
Legislature. He became one of 
the most respecied figures in state government through 
consistent leadership, integrity and command of the 
legislative process. 

Long has served as a member of the Board of 
Super\ isors for the University of Louisiana school 
system since 2001, two of those years he was chair. He 
chaired the House Education Committee for 16 years 
and was considered the leading authority in the 
Legislature on educational issues. Long was the guiding 
force in the creation of the Louisiana School for Math. 
Science and Arts in Natchitoches and was an effective 
political supporter of Northwestern State University, 
helping to obtain millions of dollars for the university. 
His community service and accolades are numerous, 
including being named one of the "100 Most Influential 
People of the Century in Northwest Louisiana." 

Coliseum. He is in the University of Louisiana-Monroe 
and Northwestern Graduate N Club athletic halls of 
fame. His award will be presented posthumously. 

Dr. Patricia E.Thompson 

( 1970) was recently 
inducted into the Louisiana State 
Nurses Hall of Fame. 

Thompson's induction is in 
recognition of a career that 
includes a nursing leadership 
background that spans a lengthy 
period of highly involved 
professional and service activities. 
She earned the Master of Science in Nursing with a 
focus in Pediatrics from the University of Alabama in 
Birmingham and the Doctor of Education in Higher 
Education .'Xdministration from the University of North 
Texas. Between 1 97 1 and 2007. she ser\ ed as a faculty 
member in undergraduate and graduate nursing 
education at Texas Christian University, the University 
of Texas at Arlington. Northwestern State University and 
the University of Arkansas tor Medical Sciences, there 
rising to the position of associate dean for academic 
programs in the College of Nursing. 

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'^4;^9i^^ Parish Sports Hall of Fame 

--^y included former NSL' President 

Dr. .Arnold Kilpatrick in its list 
of the first five athletes and 
coaches to be inducted July 25th 
into the Hall. 

Dr. Arnold Kilpatrick. an 
Eros native, coached Jonesboro- 
Hodge High School basketball for five years ( 1946-51 ). 
compiling an 88-59 record and one state championship. 
He coached basketball at Northeast Louisiana University 
four seasons, compiling a 58-52 record and being named 
Ciulf States Conference Coach of the M\u- in 1955. He 
also served as athletics director at NLU. and was named 
president of the (iulf States Conference. He became 
president of Northwestern in 1966. During his 12 years 
as president, he was instrumental in the working to 
locate the 1 (uiisiana Sjiorls Mall of lame in Prather 

\'eteran Northwestern State 
sports information director 
Doug Ireland (1986) was 
presented the "Distinguished 
American Award" by the S.M. 
McNaughton Chapter of the 
National Football Foundation and 
College Hall of Fame during the 
group's annual Scholar-.Athlete 
Banquet earlier this year. 
Ireland is an assistant athletic director at NSU and 
has been SID since January 1989. Ireland also serves in 
the volunteer capacity as chairman of the Louisiana 
Sports Hall of Fame, a post he has held since .April 
1991. The Hall of Fame is partnering with the Louisiana 
State Museum system on an SIS million construction 
project in downtown Natchitoches w ith a 27,500-square 
foot building projected for completion late next vear. 
housing the Hall of Fame and the existing Old 
Courthouse Museum in Natchitoches. 

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Weldon inducted into N Club Hall of Fame 

Truitt Weldon, an all-conference 
basketball star at Northwestern State from 
1958-62 who once reportedly scored 105 
points in a high school game in Sabine 
Parish, was inducted posthumously into 
the NSU Graduate "N" Club Hall of Fame 
this past spring. 

Induction into the Graduate N Club 
Hall of Fame is the highest athletic honor 
Northwestern presents to its former 
student-athletes. The Graduate N Club is 
comprised of former athletic letterwinners 
through the 102-year history of 
intercollegiate athletics at Northwestern. 

At the time of his death in May 1971 
at the age of 3 1 , Weldon was co-owner of 
a successful automobile dealership in 

At Northwestern, Weldon was chosen 
for All-Gulf States Conference teams in 
1961 and 1962. He ranks fourth all-time 
in school history in career rebounding 
with 928 in 103 games, a 9.0 average 
topped only by James Wyatt (1.549), Billy 
Reynolds (1,150) and Frederick Piper 
(941). They are the only four players with 
900 career rebounds. 

Weldon also ranks 17th on the 
Demons' career scoring list with 1,289 
points, a 12.5 average. He led 
Northwestern in rebounding (299, 11.1 
per game) and in free throw percentage 
(69.0) as a senior in 1961-62. 

As a sophomore, Weldon helped the 
1959-60 Demons tie what was at the time 
the school record for wins in a season as 

Legendary Northwestern State Demons baseball pitchers Jim Willis, left, 
and Billie Roy Cook had their Demon jerseys retired at the 2009 Demon 
Baseball Opening Day banquet. They are only the third and fourth baseball 
figures honored with retired jerseys, joining former Demon head coach Jim 
Wells and former major league pitcher Brian Lawrence. The four numbers 
are displayed on the outfield wall at Brown-Stroud Field. Willis, a Boyce 
resident, was the first Northwestern product to reach the major leagues, 
pitching for the Chicago Cubs in 1953-54. Cook, who lives in Virginia, still 
holds the school record for pitching victories (29) 50 years after his career 
ended. He led the nation with 10 wins in 1957. Their recognition was a 
highlight of the banquet, which also featured a stirring speech from Cubs 
shortstop Ryan Theriot, a Baton Rouge native and former LSD star. 

Northwestern went 23-5 and 
claimed a second straight 
GSC championship. 

A former All-State 
player at Mt. Carmel High 
School in Sabine Parish, 
Weldon was highly recruited, 
especially after he reportedly 
scored 105 points in a single 
game as a senior. State high 
school records do show a 
documented 82-point 
performance by Weldon that 
stood as the state record for 
more than a decade, but the 
officially documented state 
record is 100 points by 
Ebarb's Greg Procell in 1968 

During much of his 
high school career, Weldon 's 
family belonged to a strict 
religious denomination 
which forced him to play 
many games in blue jeans. 
Asked how he handled some 
teasing opponents, Weldon 
would reportedly only say, 
"Well, rd just smile and then 
try to beat the fire out of 

On hand for the 
induction ceremony and 
receiving the late Weldon 's 
Graduate N Club Hall of 
Fame medallion was his son, 
Norman Gene Weldon of Salt 
Lake City. Weldon s son 
was named after the former 
long-time "Voice of the 
Demons" Norm Fletcher, 
who helped recruit Weldon 
for the purple and white, and 
the late Weldon s basketball 
roommate. Gene Wright. 
Daughters Maria and 
Dinah Weldon joined other 
family members at the March 
7 dinner and ceremony in 
Prather Coliseum, while 
another daughter, Wendy 
Weldon, was unable to 

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Foundation News 


Ted Jones Scholarship Recipients 


Recruiter LaTasha Gray presented 
Stephanie Rabon of Covington High 
School with a Ted Jones Scholarship. 

Recruiter Nikki Ceasar presented Randy Beisert or 
Mesquite High School with a Ted Jones Scholarship 
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Terrence Sumbler of Oakdale High School was the 
Ted Jones Scholarship winner from the Lake 
Charles area, presented by recruiter Reed Thomas. 

Assistant Director of Recruiting Ashlee C. Hewitt presented 
Jessica Craft of Hornbeck High School and Cathenne Paddie 
of Simpson High School with a Ted Jones Scholarship. They 
were congratulated by recruiter Reed Thomas. 

Ted Jones Scholarship winners from 
the Shreveport area were, from left, 
BreAuan Case and Dasaundra Dixon of 
C.E. Byrd High School. Rita Austin of 
Southwood High School was the Keith 
Bergeron Scholarship winner. 

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Baton Rouge Alumni Gathering 

Alumni gathering in 
Baton Rouge were 
David Addison (1971), 
InezTownsend (1941), 
Wanda Love (1972), 
Linda Gayle Williams 
and Janis Lowe (1970). 

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Laurie Metoyer (1993, 1997) and 
Lesseley Deshotels (1989) 

Philip Kick (2003), Erin Bardin, 
Michael Antoon (2007) and Jason 
St. Germain (2003) 

Ann Michel Legarde (2004), Edwin 
Lagarde (2001, 2004), Linda West 
(1978, 1981) and Glynn White. 

Class of 1 959 Reunion — ist row l to R: Mary Dunckelman Rabb, Cecilia Landry Soileau, JoAnn Joffrion, 
Donald Roy Fossett, George Donald Rucker, Helen Manitzas MaLachias, Ernestine McKinney Peterson, Rose E. Escott 
Plumb, Sylvia DeField Downes, Nancy Stalder Miller and Betty Watley Christman. 2nd Row L to R: Charles Eugene 
Johnson, Carole Sue Craig Heifner, Patricia Lister Newton, Elva Grisham Groves, Virginia Ford Beard, Margie Jameson 
Tyson, Delma Donahoe Wilburn, Beverly A. Hortman Weaver, Elinor Carolin Chamberlin Fountain and Ethelyn Louise 
Scroggins Millar. 3rd Row L to R: Patricia Miley Oglesby Mary Ann Jarmon King, James Louis Patterson, Truman Maynard, 
George Alford Cates, Lorris Woodall, Larry P Bell, Jerry H. Roy and Lady Jane Patton. 4th Row L to R: Frank W. "Bill" 
Stewart, Edmond E. Duthile, Glynn Harris, Robert E. Tackett, John Rallen Richard, Benny M. Fowler, John R. Williams, 
John David Moody Jr., Danny W. Higdon, Thomas J. Guess and Thomas Kennedy Henry. Top Row L to R: Thomas W. 
Guinn, A.L. "Petie" Moore, A.W. "Billy" Palmer, M. Eugene Wright, Jr., James Farley Speed, Charles R. Varnell, Hillman 
Edward Hunter, Charles Bradley Bice, Michael Reed Murphy, John M. Hicks, John W. Beck, Jr., James Thigpen, L. L. 
Langston and Troy Thomas Kelly 


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Alumni Updates 

Alumni Profile 

Kevin Tison's NSU experience 
came full circle on April 6 when he 
co-directed with his former 
instructor Dr. Burt Allen on the 
same stage that defined his college 

Tison first performed in Magale 
Hall as a freshman in 1989. During 
his time at NSU, he was in choirs, 
opera theatre, bands and orchestras. 
He even came back to NSU to 
perform his graduate recital in 
Magale Hall. Now 20 years after his 
first performance. Tison returned to 
the place where it all began, but this 
time as a conductor with his own 
group of students. 

"Its incredible." the 1993 
alumnus said about returning to 
NSU. "To be able to stand on the 
same stage as Dr. Allen, who's such 
an incredible mentor and friend, and 
be part of a music experience with 
him this many years later, it's just 
really amazing." 

Tison said NSU gave him many 
opportunities that have helped to 
push him personally, creatively and 
professionally. After earning his 
Bachelor of Music degree. Tison 
earned a Master of Music degree in 
piano performance from Texas 
Christian Uni\ersity and his CA 
Teaching Credential from California 
State University of Long Beach. 

"1 attribute a lot of [my success] 
back to this university and the sort 
of nurturing environment that 1 had 
here," Tison said. "1 have a pretty 
high standard, and was inilucnccd a 
lot by the fine instructors here." 

Dr. Allen. Director of Choral 
Acti\ities and Coordinator of Music, 
said Tison was a good student while 
attending NSU. He sang in the 
Chamber Choir, but mostiv 

accompanied on the piano and 

Allen said he stayed in touch 
with Tison and followed his career 
all these years, and it was a great 
pleasure to watch him work with the 
students. Allen enjoyed watching 
Tison rehearse with the high school 
choir. He said Tison can be very 
demanding on his students, but 
Allen could tell that the students 
respect him. 

"It's very gratifying. He's 
doing a really nice job." Dr. Allen 
said. "'I mean, he's very musical 
with them, making them [the 
students] sing phrases and teaching 
them about how to make things 
exciting and interesting. That's what 
we try to communicate around here, 
so it's nice to see it rubbed off on 

Tison continuously sets the bar 
higher and higher to challenge 
himself and in doing so he also 
challenges his students. He said he 
believed that his students and people 
in general gravitate to the things that 
challenge them. 

"I try to combine that concept 
and a hard work ethic with my 
passion for music." Tison said. "I 
think it all just becomes infectious 
in the students. They sort of grab 
hold to that, and it becomes a 
journey we make together." 

This is Tison "s fourth year 
teaching choral music at Fountain 
Valley High School. He conducts the 
5 S- voice Concert Choir and the 
Troubadours, the 24-\oice chamber 
choir that have earned prestigious 
awards and honors while under 
Tison s direction including: first 
place at the (iolden State South 
Competition. Outstanding Choral 

Group. .Adjudicator and Sweepstakes 
Awards at the Hawaii Heritage 
Festival and first place performance 
honors at the National Festival of 
Gold in Da\ies Symphony Hall in 
San Francisco. The ensemble toured 
Germany and Austria during Tison's 
first year at Fountain Valley High 
School in 2006. This past summer, 
the Troubadours toured France for 
10 days and performed full concerts 
in the Cathedrale Notre Dame and 
Eglise de la Madeline of Paris. 

■'It's not about awards and 
trophies." Tison said. "For me it's 
about these students understanding 
and learning this powerful form of 
communication and giving them 
something the\ can succeed at." 

Tison has taught high school 
choral music for a total of seven 
years. He also lectures on the music 
education faculty at California State 
Uni\ ersity of Long Beach. Before 
teaching high school music, Tison 
was the music director of \arious 
churches in Louisiana. Texas and 
California. He has been published as 
a composer and arranger, and his 
arrangements ha\ e been performed 
by symphoin orchestras throughout 
the nation. 

Tison has conducted orchestras, 
choirs, musical theatre and opera 
workshops. He has worked in areas 
of performance such as piano, 
organ, harpsichord French horn, 
percussion instruments and \oice. 
He has also been featured as a solo 
performer and conductor throughout 
Hong Kong. China. Macau. France. 
Romania. Germany, .Austria and 

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Mary Lou Carpenter 

Kelly Wilson Johnson 

Reynolds is employed 

is employed by 

as a staff nurse at 

Beauregard Pansh 

North Carolina State 

School Board as a 

University, married and 

gifted teacher and co- 

lives in Lillington, N.C. 

owner of a 

photography business. 


Barbara Ellen Bodin 

She is married and 

lives in DeRidder. 

Funkhouser is 

employed as a director 


at Wayside Foundation 

Brenda Renee 

Museums, married and 

Richardson is 

lives in Stephens City, 

employed by Fountain- 


Fort Carson School 

District as a teacher 


and lives in Carson, 

Stephanie Scroggins 


Myers is employed at 

West Calcasieu 


Cameron Hospital as a 

Judi D. Free Walker is 

medical technologist, 

a special education 

married and lives in 

facilitator for Rapides 

Lake Charles. 

Parish School Board, 

married and lives in 



Lecia Jacquelin Ritter 

is employed by Banner 


Boswell Medical 

Gloria Jean Jackson 

Center as a transfusion 

Billings is a teacher's 

services manager and 

assistant at Lake Rim 

lives in Anthem, Ariz. 

Elementary School, 

married and lives in 

Fayetteville, N.C. 

Tison... Continued from Page 14 


His extensive knowledge and 
experience in the music field is 
responsible for the enthusiasm and 
charisma that goes into every action 
of his conducting, starting with 
finding music for his students to 
perform. He said it is a journey for 
him to choose the music, having to 


Laura Nicole LaCour- 
McDaniel is employed 
by the state of Texas 
as a counselor, 
marhed and lives in 
Martindale, Texas. 


Josh Altimus is 
employed with Bossier 
City Marshal's Office 
as a deputy marshal, 
married and lives in 
Bossier City. 


Teresa D. Pickett is a 
youth coordinator at 
Grambling State 
University and lives in 

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consider the students, audience and 

"It s difficult," Tison said. "I'm 
programming for the success of my 
students, but also for the success of 
the experience of everyone. I want 
everyone to be enriched and 

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1935 - Ethel Marguerite Williams Hill, 
Athens, Texas, Feb. 21,2009 

1937 - John Wesley Vaughan, February 
13, 2009 

1940 - Maude Travis Thevenot, 
Alexandria. Apnl 25, 2009 

1948 - Albert E. Hill, Sierra Vista, Ariz., 
January 6, 2009 

1952 - Geraldine "Gerry" Zabasky 
Carley, Baton Rouge, November 2, 2007 

1954 - Joseph Saltzman, Thibodaux, 
April 3, 2009 

1957 - Norma Welch Ragland, Waskom, 
Texas. Oct. 2, 2008 

1961 - Mary Dell Smith Fletcher, Colfax, 
Apnl 21, 2009 

Claudell Lovell Farr, Winnfield, April 18. 

Oberia Garrett Estrada Price, Pineville, 
April 26, 2009 

Alumni Columns Summer 2009 / 15 

Alumni News 

Looking bacK 

Leopold Caspari, who is called "The Father of the Normal," was 
instrumental in the founding of the Louisiana State Normal 
School, now Northwestern State, and its placement in 

A native of France, Caspari immigrated to the United States in 
1848 and settled in Cloutierville. He became a successful farmer and 
businessman and mo\ed to Natchitoches in 1858. 

In 1884. Caspari was elected to the Louisiana Legislature as a 
state representative from the district including Natchitoches, DeSoto 
and Sabine parishes. He was later elected to the State Senate, 
spending nearly 30 years in the legislature. In his first year in the 
legislature, Caspari was a strong supporter of legislation creating the 
Louisiana State Normal School. He later made a strong presentation 
to the State Board of Education to convince them to place the school 
in Natchitoches. 

Caspari helped lead a drive to raise $5,000 to purchase the 
Convent of the Sacred Heart, a 95-acre site that made up the early 
Normal School campus. As president of the Natchitoches Land and 
Railway Company, Caspari helped gain a railway connection to 
Natchitoches, which made the Normal School accessible to students 
from throughout Louisiana. 

Caspari died in 1915. Caspari Hall and Caspari Street, which runs 
through NSU s campus, arc named for him. In 2004, he was honored 
by the university when he was posthumously selected as a recipient of 
the President's Distinguished Service Award. 



The NSU debate team won the Cross Examination Debate 
Association National Sweepstakes Championship in the spring of 
1994 and continued to successfully compete the following year. 
Can you name these three 1995 team members preparing for 
competition. The first five readers to call the Alumni OtTice 
(318) 357-4414 will win a prize. 

Congratulations to the following 
people who correctly identified the 
top graduates in May 1984, Ann 
Marie Bubier and Linda Stuchlik. 
who were congratulated by Dr. 
Joseph Orze. 

Mr Tod Klotzbach- 
Zanesville, OH 

Mr. James Martin, Jr- 


Pearl, MS 

Ms. Linda Stuchlik- 
Littleton, CO 

Ms Beth Wyland-BA 
1982 & MA 1984 
Roanng Spring. PA 

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the university's archives, documenting the school's history 
through the decades. Sections will include academics, student 
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Northwestern at 125 
Commemorative Edition 1884-2009 

Edited by Jerrj' Pierce. Steve Horton, 
Don Sepulvado and Tom Whitehead 


Northwestern at 125 : Commemorative Edition 1884-2009 

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